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Black Hawk County has a variety of employment opportunities for both skilled and unskilled individuals who are seeking a career with an organization dedicated to serving the public. The operations of Black Hawk County are dependent upon the energies of a 400-plus employee workforce. If you become a county employee, you will be part of a public service team that helps build and serve the communities we live, work and play in. In addition to competitive pay, Black Hawk County offers its full-time employees a variety of benefits, including medical, dental and prescription insurance coverage; life insurance; paid holidays and other leave time; a flexible spending account and a defined benefit retirement plan through the Iowa Public Employees' Retirement System (IPERS).

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Black Hawk County is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and is a Drug Free Workplace. No person will be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, sex, disability, national origin, political affiliation, age, or any other legally-protected status. The County will make reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities. If you are in need of an accommodation please contact us at (319) 833-3009.


Read the job bulletin carefully; it contains information about the position for which you are applying. Applicants for employment must meet the minimum qualifications. You are responsible for documenting that you meet all requirements; failure to do so can result in disqualification. Answer all questions completely and accurately.Your opportunity for employment begins with the accuracy and completeness of your application. The information you provide in the application and other questionnaires will be the primary basis for evaluating your qualifications.

You are responsible for documenting all relevant qualifications in the appropriate section of the application--do not refer to a resume. Resumes may be submitted in addition to the required application and questionnaires.

Proof of qualifications (such as education, licenses, certifications, etc.) is required by electronic attachment or paper copy (refer to job bulletin for required documentation). You'll be given an opportunity to attach documentation in the application process. If you are unable to attach required documentation online, you may FAX your documents to (319) 833-3144 - Attn: Recruiting - be sure to include the position applied for.

Your electronic application is required in order to be considered for our employment opportunities unless otherwise indicated in the recruitment bulletin.

Applications are due by the deadline noted on the job bulletin.

To view information about Black Hawk County please visit our homepage at:  www.co.black-hawk.ia.us

To contact the Black Hawk County Human Resources Department please call (319) 833-3009.  Our office is located at 316 E. 5th Street Waterloo, IA 50703 in the lower level of the courthouse.

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Closes On: September 9, 2019 at 05:00 PM CST

Location: Health Department, Waterloo, IA 50703
Department: Health Department
Division: None
Job Status: Full-Time
Shift: 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Days Worked: Mon., Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri.
Hour Per Week: 40
Rate of Pay: 08-GS-364/14 $20.92 - $27.33
Status: Accepting Applications
Details: Qualified candidates must submit cover letter, resume, unofficial transcript(s) and application by close date; Preference is given to applicants that submit a completed application and required materials by 5:00 PM on Monday September 9th, 2019. Applicants may be required to complete a supplemental questionnaire. Position is open until filled.
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Job Summary

Under general supervision, performs professional work in an environmental control program including but not necessarily limited to water quality, safe drinking water, integrated solid waste management, private sewage disposal systems, sanitation evaluation and regulation regarding food service, processing and storage; and lodging establishments; conducts inspections and evaluations encompassing food establishments, pools/spas, tanning facilities, tattoo facilities, hotels/motels, well systems and septic systems.

Job Responsibilities


• Must be capable of regular and predictable attendance at a specified location in order to perform assigned tasks.
• Conducts environmental inspections, including initial, routine, follow-up or in response to complaints, to ensure compliance with applicable rules, standards, and regulations.
• Examines facility plans and specifications, previous inspection reports, operating and construction permits; collects samples and data; and performs analyses as necessary to determine compliance with applicable rules, standards, and regulations.
• Researches and reviews applicable regulations, standards or rules including state, city and county codes to develop improvement plans in response to non-compliance.
• Responds to walk-in/written/telephone/electronic requests from public and private entities or individuals for information or technical assistance on environmental issues; assists customer with problems or questions they may encounter and explains and clarifies rules, regulations and policies.
• Investigates food borne illnesses and other public sanitation problems, including data analysis, source determination, and measures to stop or prevent outbreaks, follow-up investigations, client interviews and collection of samples for analysis.
• Investigates animal bites, vermin complaints as indicated; monitors seasonal mosquito activity.
• Prepares electronic reports, using approved software applications, to communicate/summarize inspection, regulation, analysis and other environmental regulatory information.
• Participates in the review of local ordinances, state administrative rules, and federal standards to identify gaps and/or opportunities to promote safe environmental practice.
• Collaborates with other enforcement agencies, elected officials, academic institutions, business partners and general public to address environmental health issues, including education on environmental topics.
• Collaborates with the internal team to promote best practice, flexibility, high morale and productivity.
• Attends training and professional meetings to further knowledge in agency programs or in specific subject matter areas.
• Other duties as assigned.


• Administrative and functional supervision is received from the Program Manager or other designee.


• Functional supervision may be exercised over the Environmental Health Technician.

Minimum Required Qualifications

• Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor’s Degree and major course work in the natural or physical sciences; or a Bachelor’s Degree with an equivalent combination of experience and education substituting one year of full-time professional work in an environmental health or food sanitation program for each year (30 semester hours) of required science coursework.
• Must be available for off-hour and/or weekend activities and overtime if needed.
• Requires a valid Iowa Driver’s License and be insurable under the County’s guidelines. The position may require the occasional use of private vehicle for official business.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities - • Eligible for certification as a Registered Environmental Health Specialist/Registered Sanitarian (REHS/RS) preferred.
• Previous experience dealing with the public in the area of public health, environmental health, food industry or related field work preferred.
• Knowledgeable of state, federal, and local environmental control laws, rules, and regulations, and their application to environmental health programs.
• Ability to read, interpret and analyze plans and blueprints.
• Previous experience in well and septic system design, installation and inspections preferred.
• Requires excellent verbal and written communication skills and a professional demeanor.
• Must maintain a high level of accuracy and attention to detail.
• Proficiency with computers and software applications required.
• Knowledge of geographic information systems to organize, display and evaluate information on a relational basis preferred.
• Must be available for off-hour and/or weekend activities and overtime if needed.
• Requires a valid Iowa Driver’s License and be insurable under the County’s guidelines. The position may require the occasional use of private vehicle for official business.

Personnel hired prior to January 1, 2016
• Bachelor’s degree with major course work in natural or physical sciences, health promotion with an emphasis in environmental health or related field required from a four-year college or university, or
• An equivalent combination of experience and education substituting one year of full-time professional work in an environmental or food sanitation program for each year (30 semester hours) of required education.

• May require approved training and certification in bloodborne pathogens upon hire.
• May require additional environmental health certifications necessary to perform essential job functions.
• Maintain required continuing education credits necessary to perform essential job functions as well as required certifications.

Work Environment and Physical Demands

The work environment and physical demand characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Refer to the “Essential and Marginal Function Analysis” statement for a complete description of essential functions and functional requirements.

• Position requires the occasional exposure to undesirable conditions which may include heat, cold, live or dead animals, human or animal waste, odors, filthy environments and insects.
• Must be able to walk on uneven or heavily wooded ground for the purpose of monitoring mosquito activity and applying chemical control measures.
• Occasional lift or move up to 30 lbs.

Additional Information

All applicants will be initially evaluated based on the information included in the application only. Therefore, it is important to complete your online application accurately and thoroughly as it relates to the position requirements. Resumes, transcripts, certifications and other supporting documentation may be required for further consideration. Applicants considered best qualified will be asked to continue in the selection process. 

An online application is required. To apply, submit: 1) online application at https://ia-blackhawkcounty.civicplushrms.com/careers/ (or click the APPLY NOW button at the top of the page; and 2) proof of education and/or required certification(s). 

An eligible and qualified veteran may be entitled to preference in employment under Iowa Code §35C.1.  A veteran is an individual who meets the definition set forth in Iowa Code §35.1.In order to assert this preference a voluntary veterans preference form must be included. Applicants will receive notifications by email. 

Note: The application contains a required Supplemental Questionnaire. Your responses to these questions will assist in screening applications to determine who continues in the selection process. Responses should be informative and concise; not responding appropriately may eliminate you from consideration. Do not refer to a resume or other documentation.